The main event of the Royal Court's autumn season is, undoubtedly, Caryl Churchill's A Number, directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Sir Michael Gambon. The play, whose content and remaining cast is being kept under wraps, plays in the main auditorium from Sept. 23 to Nov. 16.
It is followed by The Lying Kind (Nov. 23 to Jan. 11) . This is writer Anthony Neilson's third play to be produced at the Royal Court and centers around two policemen with a moral dilemma.
The Court's studio space, the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, has the Edinburgh fringe show Outlying Islands from Sept. 5-28. David Greig's play, directed by Philip Howard, is set on the eve of the second World War, on a remote Scottish island and deals with birdwatching and the loss of innocence.
From Oct. 18 to Nov. 23, the studio hosts Imprint 2002, a series of plays by young (under 26 years) writers.
From Nov. 29 to Dec. 21, the studio is the venue for DeObia Oparei's play Crazyblackmuthaf****in'self, directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, and described as "a journey to the soul of Africa from the heart of St John's Wood via the groin of Peckham."